31.07.2021Bayer 04

Hradecky takes over as captain

The Werkself have a new captain for the 2021/22 season. A week before the opening fixture, head coach Gerardo Seoane has named Lukas Hradecky as captain of the first team. The Finland keeper takes over from Charles Aránguiz.

The 32-year-old Chilean succeeded Lars Bender as captain in the summer of 2020 and led the team onto the pitch last season. "I was proud to wear the armband," said Aránguiz. "But I noticed over the course of the season that I can help the team more if I completely focus on my performance on the pitch. That's why I made the post of captain available. Of course, I will continue in a leadership role and give my full support to Lukas."

Hradecky joined the Werkself from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018 and has made 127 appearances for Bayer 04 so far. "Lukas is not only an outstanding goalkeeper but also a complete professional who has a very conscientious approach to his game," said Gerardo Seoane. "On top of that, he has a very positive presence, communicates well and is happy to accept responsibility."

"team has grown very close to my heart"

The new captain is looking forward to the challenge. "The team has become very close to my heart in the past few years. And I really identify with the club," said the 31-year-old Finland international. "We have ambitious targets for next season. My teammates and I will give our all to achieve them."

Julian Baumgartlinger, Jonathan Tah and Charles Aránguiz are the vice-captains.

Werkself captains since 1996:

Jens Nowotny: 1996-2003

Carsten Ramelow: 2003-2008

Simon Rolfes: 2008-2015

Lars Bender: 2015-2020

Charles Aránguiz: 2020-2021

Lukas Hradecky: From 2021


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